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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Today's Globe: Rising autism cases, IVF, nutrition education, snapping turtles

The number of Massachusetts schoolchildren diagnosed with autism has nearly doubled over the last five years, to 7,521, according to new data from the state Department of Education, and the increase is leading to delays in services.

A popular procedure touted as a way to boost birth rates for older women undergoing in vitro fertilization actually reduces births by one-third, according to Dutch research published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Nutrition education programs funded by the federal government have mostly failed to change children's eating habits, according to a review of scientific studies by the Associated Press.

University of Massachusetts scientists are attaching solar-powered computers to the shells of snapping turtles to track their travels as part of research intended to aid survival of a species they fear is threatened by encroaching development.

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